Academic Research & Teaching

The rabbit hole of literature opens up a world of imagination and ideas that are endlessly fascinating to the curious reader. As an academic, Dr Kirstin Mills investigates the elusive, exciting and mysterious connections between literature and the different ways that writers engage with the unknown worlds of the supernatural, the uncanny, dreams, and the mind. Her research focuses broadly on the Gothic from 1750 to the present day, as well as fantastic literature of the long nineteenth century. She is particularly interested in the intersection of literature and science during this period, and the ways that literature was used to understand and explore many of the period’s most challenging and exciting ideas about possible extensions to and alterations of reality.

Kirstin earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, with a doctoral thesis entitled Imagined Worlds: The Role of Dreams, Space, and the Supernatural in the Evolution of Victorian Fantasy (2014). She earned her BA (First Class Hons) from the same university with a thesis examining the intersections of psychology and epic fantasy in Beowulf and Tolkien. She has since published research in a range of formats from journals and books to podcasts and interviews, presented her research at conferences and events, and blogs about her research.

Dr Kirstin Mills, academic, university lecturer, university tutor


Gothic Animals: Uncanny Otherness and the Animal With-out. Palgrave MacMillan. Edited by Ruth Heholt and Melissa Edmundson, 2020‘Hellish Horses and Monstrous Men: Gothic Horsemanship in Washington Irving and Edgar Allan Poe.’ Gothic Animals: Uncanny Otherness and the Animal With-Out. Ed. Ruth Heholt and Melissa Edmundson. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

Available via Publisher’s Website.


‘Frankenstein in Hyperspace: The Return of Digital Technologies to the Origins of Virtual Space in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.’ Global Frankenstein. Ed. Carol Margaret Davison and Marie Mulvey-Roberts. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Available via Publisher’s Website.


informing the inklings, book, inklings, victorian fantasy, fantasy, tolkien, c. s. lewis, george macdonald, lewis carroll, science, psychology, supernatural, scholarship, academic, critical essays, literature, literary criticism‘Dreaming into Hyperspace: The Victorian Spatial Imagination and the Origins of Modern Fantasy in MacDonald and Carroll.’ Informing the Inklings: George MacDonald and the Victorian Roots of Modern Fantasy. Ed. M. J. Partridge and Kirstin Jeffrey-Johnson. Winged Lion Press, 2018.

Available on Amazon.

[Full publications list, including abstracts & links to content]

Research Interests:

The Gothic, Nineteenth Century Literature, Romantic Literature, Victorian Literature, Fantasy, British Literature, Literature and Science, Literature and Psychology, the Supernatural, Space, Dreams, Representations of the Mind, Literature and Place, Hauntology, Folklore, Fairy Tales, Children’s Literature, Medieval Literature, Illustration and Art.

Current Projects:

Kirstin is currently preparing her first monograph based on her PhD thesis. She is also writing several chapters on the Gothic for upcoming book publications.

If you wish to contact Kirstin about future projects or collaborations, please do so [here].


– The George MacDonald Society (Twitter Manager)
– British Association for Victorian Studies
– Australasian Victorian Studies Association
– The Lewis Carroll Society

Dr Kirstin Mills delivering a lecture at Macquarie UniversityConference Presentations

Kirstin presents her research and has organised panel discussions for many international conferences and events. She has been awarded several bursaries, and has written – and filmed documentaries – about many of these events.

Find out about upcoming dates and read about past events HERE.

Research-Led Teaching

Kirstin is passionate about sharing the joys of research in the humanities with students, and stoking their imagination, excitement, critical thinking and academic writing skills. With over a decade of teaching experience, she incorporates her research into her teaching to offer students exciting insights into the state of the field, and to empower them as researchers in their own right. She particularly enjoys helping students see the humanities (and particularly literary studies) as a lens through which to conceptualise and critique contemporary life, politics and society. She is currently the MRes Director and Lecturer, HDR Programs for the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University, Sydney Australia, where she convenes, and teaches core research and communication skills within, the Arts Master of Research/Bachelor of Philosophy program. She previously taught in Macquarie’s Department of English at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including courses on Gothic Literature, Children’s Literature, Contemporary Literature, and Narrative Theory.

[Read Kirstin’s Teaching Portfolio]

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